News 4 Investigates: How To Spot A Scam -

News 4 Investigates: How To Spot A Scam

Take a look at this email from a News 4 viewer and I'll show you the obvious signs that this is a scam. The email is supposedly from the FBI and says the recipient is to be given $10 million. It was forwarded to us by a viewer who thought others should see it to avoid this or similar scams. Here are the first two sentences.

We the Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington, DC in conjunction with some other relevant security Agencies here in the United states of America have recently been informed without any further delay. Having said all this, we will further advise, that you should go ahead in dealing with the Central Bank office accordingly as we will be monitoring all their services accordingly with our intelligent monitoring network device, and with your cooperation.

The first clue: the director of the FBI is not going to send you an unsolicited email.
The second clue: bad grammar. No official correspondence from a legitimate law enforcement agency in this country will have grammar this bad. It appears to be a poor translation to English, from another language. If you get a letter or email with these clues, get rid of it and you'll avoid getting scammed.

Then the email goes on to include a word that's the brightest of red flags. Do you know which word it is?

contact immediately the real office of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) only with the below information accordingly:

Anytime you see a reference to the country of Nigeria, you should immediately be suspicious. Scams that claim you are owed money, but claim that you need to send a smaller amount of money in order to receive it, are generally referred to as "Nigerian Scams" because they originated in that country. Anytime you see a letter or an email with these clues, you can bet it's a scam. Another Nigerian Scam involved a letter that tells you that you're the winner of an international lottery, but that you'll need to cash an enclosed check and send some of it back in order to receive your winnings. It's illegal for Americans to play an international lottery. Remember the old phrase that still holds up well today, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Also beware of variations on the scam, such as:
Disbursement of a will.
Repacking scams (pay you to package items and ship them overseas).
Correspondence from orphans and widows of wealthy men.
A religious person wants to invest in your country.

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